Associate Professor Greg Birkett receives Morton Medal from IChemE

2 March 2023

Chemical Engineering students are receiving the best education possible with their Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) of Curriculum Strategy receiving the Morton Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Associate Professor Greg Birkett is the 2023 recipient of the Morton Medal which gives professional recognition to his dedication and excellence in chemical engineering education.

Head of the School of Chemical Engineering, Professor Justin Cooper-White, said this award was fitting after many years of devoted work to progress chemical engineering education at UQ.

“Greg is certainly deserving of this award. He is an amazing teacher and educator, with an unwavering, long-standing commitment to student experience and a passion for educational excellence through student-focussed teaching and learning practices,” Professor Cooper-White said.

“Greg is highly regarded by our students, and often receives the highest number of nominations for ‘Most Effective Teacher’ and is a true asset to the School, Faculty and UQ.”

The Morton Medal looks to recognise the work of outstanding educators and to promulgate best practice in chemical engineering education.

“This significant award bestowed by IChemE only further affirms that UQ has some of the world’s best educators, of which our students and staff are the beneficiaries every day,” Professor Cooper-White said.

Associate Professor Birkett was instrumental in establishing UQ’s integrated Masters programs, and has been heavily involved in designing the new teaching spaces within the newly established Andrew N. Liveris Building. His work has formed a case study for an international report on teaching achievement in Engineering Education in Higher Education.

Details of the announcement by IChemE can be viewed here.